Best XDefiant Ranked loadouts

Nathan Warby
XDefiant player shooting out of window

XDefiant’s first season has brought a lot of new content including a new Faction, weapons, and a brand-new Ranked mode for you to enjoy.

Unlike the causal playlist, Ranked games are more intense and will require teamwork and game sense. You can also help yourself by using the best weapons and loadouts.

Best XDefiant Ranked primary weapons

The two best weapons for Ranked mode are the ACR 6.8 and MP7. These weapons dominated the Preseason, and are currently the best in Season 1 too, since the meta is yet to settle down.

The LVOA-C has the potential to dethrone the ACR 6.8 as the best weapon for the ranked mode, but the weapon is fairly new and you’ll need to grind a fair bit to unlock it from the Battle Pass, so we’re yet to see it dominate the Ranked landscape.

We’ve chosen the ACR 6.8 because it’s arguably the most consistent weapon in the entire game, with easy-to-use recoil that makes it very accurate as well as a solid damage output that won’t leave you wanting at close range.

Meanwhile, the MP7 combines the very best of the SMG category into one deadly package. It has a ferocious fire rate that can melt enemies in tight spaces, but with the right combination of attachments, you can curb its recoil to make it dominant in mid-range fights too.

Best ACR 6.8 loadout

  • Muzzle: Brake
  • Barrel: Chrome Lined
  • Magazine: Quick Mags
  • Rear Grip: Grip Tape
  • Stock: Padded

Our best ACR 6.8 loadout for XDefiant Ranked is all about making the Assault Rifle laser-accurate at all ranges. With this in mind, the Brake Muzzle and Grip Tape are essential as they drastically improve recoil control to ensure you land your shots.

ACR 6.8 stats in XDefiant
The ACR is the best Assault Rifle in XDefiant Ranked.

The Brake option comes with a slight reduction in firepower, but we can make up for this with the Chrome Lined Barrel to buff the firepower at both close and mid-range. It’s invertible you’ll take some damage in Ranked, so the Padded Stock will keep the AR on target by keeping it stable and reducing flinch.

Finally, you’ll need Quick Mags to improve the reload speed and get back in the action quickly. With this ACR 6.8 loadout, the recoil is virtually nonexistent but it retains all of its damage, making it a breeze to take out enemies no matter the distance.

Best MP7 loadout

  • Barrel: Chrome Lined
  • Front Rail: Small Vert
  • Magazine: Quick Mag
  • Rear Grip: Quick Draw
  • Stock: Lightweight

For our best MP7 loadout in XDefiant Ranked, we want to make the SMG feel snappy but still powerful enough to delete players who get too close. To start, we’ve picked the Chrome Lined Barrel, offering a major damage buff at both close and mid-range that will chew through enemy health bars.

The combination of Small Vert Front Rail and Quick Draw Rear Grip drastically reduces the ADS time, guaranteeing you’ll be able to land the crucial first shots. Next up, the Lightweight Stock improves your overall walking speed and how fast you move while aiming, making the SMG feel very nimble.

Once again we’ve gone for Quick Mags to round out the class, as the MP7 can burn through ammo at a rapid pace, so you’ll find yourself reloading often.

MP7 stats in XDefiant

Best Faction

The best Faction to use in Ranked is Echelon. Even more so than the public matches, competitive modes are all about working together and aiding your team, and these two Factions allow you to do just that.

Echelon and its Intel Suit ability provide key information to the team. The ability to ping enemies through walls allows you to choose your next play carefully, which is essential in close matches where one wrong move can result in defeat.

Alternatively, you can also go with the Cleaners because of their Incendiary Rounds passive. Although your weapons will lose out on a little range, you’ll be doing additional damage to the enemy.

The GSK Faction also has the potential to dominate the Ranked mode, thanks to their ADS and Ballistic Helmet passive. But, you will still have to get 700,000 XP before you can unlock them for free.

All this being said, however, it’s best to have a nice mix of Factions on your team so you can coordinate effectively. While these two are arguably the most important, a Phantom who can throw down a shield and a Cleaner who can quickly clear an objective are both extremely useful, so make sure you have all bases covered.

Best Ranked secondary weapon

The best secondary weapon to run in XDefiant Ranked mode is the 93R, which will remind fans of the Rentti from MW3. This three-round burst Pistol has the lowest damage per shot in its class, but being able to rapidly land multiple shots with one squeeze of the trigger makes it the go-to sidearm.

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Booster
  • Magazine: Fast Mags
  • Rear Grip: Quick Draw

To put together the best 93R loadout for Ranked in XDefiant, we recommend starting with the Muzzle Booster. This boosts the rate of fire, allowing you to land three shots in the blink of an eye.

Since you’ll mostly resort to the secondary when your primary is out of ammo, speed is essential, so the Quick Draw Grip heavily improves the ADS and sprint-to-fire speeds. Then, Fast Mags cut down how long you’ll spend reloading.

To give yourself the best possible chance of victory in Ranked, make sure you’ve also got the best controller, audio, mouse and keyboard, and PC settings locked in.

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